Do you or your child play contact sports like soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, skateboarding, martial arts, hockey, or lacrosse? You require a custom-made sports mouthguard. Whether you have braces or not, mouthguards help protect you or your child from sports injuries and chipped or cracked teeth. A custom mouthguard from our Hoffman Estates, IL, dental office can prevent tooth damage to teeth, dental restorations, and orthodontic appliances.
The American Dental Association estimates that sports mouthguards can prevent over 200,000 injuries. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out due to sports. Visit Dr. Dhara Patel in Hoffman Estates for general dentistry services for the whole family.
Custom Sports Mouthguards in Hoffman Estates, IL
Mouthguards offer multiple benefits to patients who play contact sports. Custom mouthguards:
- Minimize the risk of bruising and injury to the soft tissues in the mouth
- Reduce the chance of contact sports-related concussions
- Help minimize the risk of chipped and damaged teeth
- Reduce the risk of knocked-out teeth
- Prevent broken braces brackets and wires
- Allow the wearer to speak clearly
- Protect the lower jaw from trauma
- Reduce stress on the neck
If you or your child would benefit from a professional mouthguard, visit our family and general dentistry or call Best Dental Spa at 847.660.6603.
You can wear a sports mouthguard if you have metal braces. We can customize your mouthguard so it covers your teeth and your braces comfortably. Mouthguards can also help protect dental work, including fillings and crowns. Patients of all ages benefit from receiving a sports mouthguard. They aren’t just for children.
Treatment with Mouthguards
Custom-fit professional mouthguards save our patients from replacing missing teeth. They also prevent the need for treating chipped and cracked teeth with dental crowns or tooth bonding. A preventative measure like a mouthguard saves money in the long run. It can even reduce the chance of injury by absorbing impact to the face.
Over-the-counter “boil and bite” mouthguards that are not custom-fit can easily fall out. These mouthguards may also interfere with breathing and speaking. Often, store-bought mouthguards are not as comfortable as custom professional mouthguards.
Dr. Dhara Patel will create a mold of your teeth to fabricate a mouthguard that conforms to the mouth. A customized and more comfortable fit may lead to improved endurance on the field. Gone are the days of clenching your jaw to keep your mouthguard in place. With a custom-made sports mouthguard, you can focus on your game and not on your teeth.
Caring For Custom Sports Mouthguards
You should regularly clean your mouthguard with an antibacterial solution. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash or soap and lukewarm water to clean your mouthguard. Never use hot water to clean your mouthguard because you can warp the plastic. Thoroughly cleaning the mouthguard once a month will keep it fresh and fight decay-causing bacteria.
After you clean and dry your mouthguard, please place it in its protective case. Call us if you lose your mouthguard so we can make a replacement as soon as possible. If your mouthguard is too damaged to wear correctly, you will need a replacement. We recommend getting a new sports mouthguard as soon as you feel a change in its fit.
Children will often need to replace their sports mouthguards more often than adults. This is because their teeth are changing rapidly. Children will need new sports mouthguards as they lose baby teeth and gain new permanent teeth.
Mouthguards vs. Night Guards
Although they sound similar, sports mouthguards and TMJ night guards are different. A sports mouthguard covers the upper teeth to protect them from hits during sports. Night guards cover the upper or lower teeth to prevent tooth damage and pain from teeth clenching and grinding.
You cannot use a sports mouthguard as a night guard. Sports mouthguards are too bulky to wear during sleep and will not withstand bruxism or teeth clenching and grinding. If you have TMJ symptoms like nightly bruxism and morning headaches, we recommend a night guard over a sports mouthguard.
Custom Mouthguards FAQs
Learn more about sports mouthguards with answers to these commonly asked patient questions:
How does a mouthguard protect your teeth?
Mouthguards cover your top teeth and protect the soft tissues in your mouth, gums, and jaw. Custom-fitted mouthguards provide a higher level of protection than general mouthguards. A custom mouthguard fits as an exact mold to your teeth. This allows for higher comfort, improved ability to speak and breathe, and a lower chance of slipping and falling out.
Will a mouthguard stop me from grinding my teeth?
Mouthguards create a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from teeth grinding. They will not stop you from grinding your teeth. However, wearing a nightguard specifically made for teeth-grinding issues will reduce the sound produced from grinding. A custom nightguard will also provide a barrier between your teeth to prevent further damage.
How do you fit your mouthguard?
At-home custom-fit mouthguards are made by boiling water, softening the mouthguard, and molding the softened mouthguard to your mouth. Professional custom-fitted mouthguards take an impression using dental putty or a digital scan of your mouth. We use this impression of the teeth to create an exact mold of your teeth. Custom mouthguards are slightly more expensive. But they also fit much better and are more protective than the at-home alternative.
Does a custom-fit mouthguard improve my ability to breathe in it?
Custom-fit mouthguards allow users to breathe naturally and take in more oxygen. In sports, this is particularly useful. With a custom mouthguard, athletes can breathe comfortably without slowing down to catch their breath. Difficulty breathing in sports causes premature fatigue, so having a custom-fit mouthguard can make an athlete’s endurance increase.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Get a custom mouthguard in our Hoffman Estates, IL office to protect your smile during contact sports. Call Best Dental Spa today for comprehensive preventative care at 847.660.6603. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel online. Dr. Patel and her team aim to provide a relaxed and friendly environment for patients of all ages.